Most Popular Music Gear Reviews 2017

Here's the most read music gear reviews from 2017 on Ask.Audio. The gear in question was tested by our pro authors and the roundup lists were curated with careful consideration. Enjoy.  

2017 saw a plethora of new music software and hardware unleashed. From hardware synthesizers to DAWs, audio interfaces to studio monitors. Here's the most popular review articles of the year just gone on Ask.Audio.

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Here's the 15 most popular music gear review articles we published in 2017 (including "roundup" mini-reviews):

1. ISOVOX 2 Portable Isolation Recording Booth

The ISOVOX 2 really takes things to the next level as far as acoustic isolation is concerned, providing an all-round solution for serious acoustic treatment. Lynda Arnold gave it a whirl. 

2. 8 Excellent MIDI Sequencers For Hardware Musicians & Producers

 

Sequencing hardware from a hardware MIDI sequencer is as old skool as it gets. Here are some of the best options on the market right now. 

3. 55 Top FREE Instrument & Synth Plugins

55 Top FREE Instrument & Synth Plugins

There are some amazing free plugin and standalone software instruments out there, if only you could find them. Luckily we have compiled a list of the top 55 - so now you can!

4. 7 Amp Sims Every Producer & Guitarist Should Know About

Guitar and bass amp simulations are often indistinguishable from the real thing. Here are seven of the best, plus a couple of honorable mentions.

5. Seven iOS MIDI Sequencers Worth Considering

With iOS now firmly established as a serious music-making platform, the apps you can get to program and produce have gone from strength to strength. Here are some of the best MIDI sequencers for iPad

6. Novation Peak Video & In-depth Review

This brand new polysynth from the mighty Novation derives some of its DNA from the Bass Station II but there's far more to it than that. We got an exclusive first look at this powerful instrument.

6. Steinberg Cubase 9

Cubase 9 is here and it promises some major workflow enhancements and a brand new sampler. Hollin Jones finds out if it is indeed loaded to the nines…

7. Black Lion Audio MicroClock MK3

Black Lion Audio MicroClock MK3

Could adding this small but powerful device to your hardware rig really improve clarity, latency and audio performance? Matt Vanacoro road tests the Black Lion Audio MicroClock MK3.

8. Apogee Element 24 Thunderbolt Audio Interface

Apogee promise really low latency with their new sub-$600 10-in and 12-out Thunderbolt audio interface for Mac users. Jay Asher hopes it hits the sweet spot. Here's what he discovered.

9. Korg Stageman 80, Go Live Anywhere

Korg's Stageman 80 - is it a bird, is it a plane? Is it a self-contained portable mini PA with an onboard drum machine? We took it on the road to find out.

10. Logic Pro X 10.3

New GUI, TouchBar support, and much more from selection based processing to track alternatives to more busses to improved workflow with sidechaining, Logic Pro 10.3 aims high. Does it hit the target?

11. Akai Pro MPC Live

The MPC family from AKAI is a legendary name, but how did Rishabh Rajan get along with the newest model, the MPC Live? Read on to find out.

12. HEDD Type 07 Studio Monitors

We checked out HEDD's new Type 07 studio monitors at NAMM but couldn't wait to try a pair for ourselves. Here's what we discovered.

13. GeoShred v2.0

The award-winning GeoShred musical instrument for iPad now includes MIDI/MPE support. Check out our full review with video showcasing the new features.

14. Toontrack Superior Drummer 3

Superior Drummer 3 represents a massive upgrade, with artificial intelligence just one of its major new features. In this world-first review, Shane Berry takes you in-depth with Toontrack's latest.

15. AKAI Pro LPK25 Wireless & USB MIDI Controller

The latest music controller from Akai Pro is a sub $100 compact battery-operated, wireless bluetooth USB MIDI keyboard controller. GW Childs finds out if it presses his buttons.

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